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Address: 4600 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3426
Phone Number: +1 225-765-2437
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Step back in time to pre-industrial Louisiana at this 27-building museum...

Step back in time to pre-industrial Louisiana at this 27-building museum complex, one of the best outdoor museums in the U.S., featuring tools, furniture and other artifacts and, the highlight, a recreated 19th-century plantation that portrays the daily lives of these early settlers.

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A very good museum that gives an over all picture of life in Southern Louisiana in ante and post Civil War Era. The inside collection includes many items that have been donated... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Killeen, Texas
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Killeen, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very good museum that gives an over all picture of life in Southern Louisiana in ante and post Civil War Era. The inside collection includes many items that have been donated by local family members. Outside there is a rather large collection of plantation buildings with explanations as to their original use. It is nice to walk around the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

beautiful, educational and eclectic the LSU Rural LIfe Museum will take you back to a time when agriculture was king in LA...worth a stop especially on a nice day...allow 1-2 hours

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is how the British Museum ranked the Rural Life Museum in the 1980's. Not only is it a working agricultural research facility for LSU students and faculty. It has special days such as Christmas Bonfire Day and Harvest Days, where one can go on a hay ride or learn how to shuck corn. My grandsons love to watch the... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating and changing exhibits of historic Louisiana. Docents are extremely helpful with information and make sure a complete understanding is accomplished.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Baton Rouge for an event, I was looking for something to do with the rest of my time. Scrolling through Trip Advisor, I hit on this top 10 attraction. It's a good-sized combination of everything from mundane household items to vehicles to buildings. There are many plaques describing various items and their usages as well as their provenance (when... More 

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Pocono'Mtn, Pa.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

visited the museum with a group of navy reunion members and was very impressed with our guides knowledge of rural life in Louisiana. We found it very informative and interesting. Should have allowed for more time to visit.

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Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The breadth and volume of exhibits is well worth the visit. The exhibits include everything from numerous carriages to cotton gins to blacksmith shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Almost too much to see in one afternoon--and I had the place nearly to myself. Be prepared to read a lot, and just wander.

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Easton, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We went on a very warm day, the out buildings got less attention then they deserved because of the heat. But there is also a very nice collection indoors (with AC). A short film describes the focus of the museum, which is architecture of Louisiana. They have assembled buildings from different parts of the state, to demonstrate the varied types... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We love to come for rural days!! so much fun to visit during reenactments! Also a beautiful place for bridal pictures

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